Roddy is the son of a gearhead, dyed-in-the-wool, as they say. His dad always had some sort of hot rod that he drove, worked on, and even drag raced at Beech Bend Raceway in Bowling Green, Kentucky. This nurtured Roddy's fixation for things that go fast. When he was 15, Roddy's parents gave him a '70 Nova SS that his dad owned since it was new, and with this car, Roddy began honing his hands-on mechanical adventures that have yet to cease.
In the fall of 2005, Roddy Grimes had just finished building a new workshop at his house and figured he needed to fill it with a project to really break it in, you know, just for the winter.
Well, Roddy is an adult now as well as a dad himself, so he should've known better that "winter projects" usually last a few extra seasons. Nevertheless, Roddy bought a '68 C-10 from a friend for his "winter project" that would entail a quick restoration to be sold in the spring when it was done. Well, 18 months later Roddy finished the C-10 with no plans to sell it. The truck turned into a ground-up build that would consume more of his mind and wallet than he anticipated, but Roddy shows no builder's remorse.
A simple C-notch in the rear started Roddy's off-track adventure. Pretty soon, he had all kinds of suspension pieces on order as well as Baer Brake's 13-inch discs for each wheel. Once the dust cleared in the rear, he settled on 6-inch dropped coils from McGaughy's, 1 1/2-inch blocks from Woodall Industries, and CPP's robust, tubular trailing arms. Roddy had his good friend Billy Russell go through the stock 12-bolt rearend and stuff it with a new Auburn Posi. In the front, McGaughy's 2 1/2-inch dropped spindles and 2-inch lower coils brought the nose down right where it was supposed to be once the as-cast 18- and 20-inch American Racing Torq-Thurstn IIs were mounted.
Roddy wanted the suspension to emulate Pro Touring musclecars, and he figured he'd better have some horsepower to back everything up, so again he called up Billy, and soon Roddy had himself a 468ci Rat motor to stuff under the Goodmark cowl-induction hood. Billy had Pro Machine bore out the four-bolt main 454 block 0.060-over before he filled it with a steel crank, GM 7/16-inch high-performance Dimple rods, forged SRP pistons, and a COMP Cams Extreme hydraulic roller cam. Edelbrock's aluminum Performer heads, an Air Gap intake, and a Holley 850-cfm carb cap off the big-block. Walt's Transmission built Roddy a stout 700-R4 to withstand all the abuse 500 horsepower can dish.
Every piece of the C-10 has been blasted and restored or replaced, and Roddy made more than a few orders, calls, and trips to David Woodall at Southern kentucky Classics for his expertise and parts. All along Roddy had planned on silver paint and a red interior for the '68, but after he was unable to find a shade of silver that he liked, Roddy told the painter, Rollo, to just go ahead and paint it black. So the guys at Rollo's Auto Restoration got to work meticulously prepping the Chevy to spray the truck in PPG black followed by numerous coats of clear. Jeff Smith of Smith Brite was handed all the trim, which he polished to the highest luster. Once mounted on the arrow-straight truck, the trim popped against the black.
Inside the C-10 is its most talked Winter about feature-the seats. There's many a head that gets scratched trying to figure out what those way cool-looking buckets are from, and most never guess they belong in a Ford Galaxy. DJ's upholstery in Bowling Green did a fine job stitching the custom interior using the latest faux leather material, RAVE. The interior's Flame Red color against the black paint looks striking, classy, modern, and nostalgic, all at the same time. A Corvette steering wheel, Classic Instruments gauges, Vintage Air, and an Alpine stereo also occupy the cab.
After it was all said and done, Roddy is happy to have gotten sidetracked-look what he has to show for it! He wanted to make sure to thank his wife, lisa, and their children, Matthew, Taylor, and Emily, for all their patience, as well as Ronnie Cline, Mark Shultz, Roger Minyard, Mike Cornelius, Billy Russell, and David Woodall for all their help. And we'd like to say hats off to everyone!
Facts & Figures
Bowling Green, Kentucky
1968 Chevy C-10
|CHASSIS ||Frame: stock |
|Modifications: C-notched rear |
|Rearend / Ratio: 12-bolt / 3.73 Auburn Posi |
|Rear suspension: CPP trailing arms w/ 1 1/2” blocks, 6” dropped coils |
|Rear brakes: Baer 13” disc |
|Front suspension: stock, 2 1/2” dropped spindles |
|Front brakes: Baer 13” disc |
|Steering box: stock |
|Front wheels: American Racing Torq-Thrust II, 18x8 |
|Rear wheels: American Racing Torq-Thrust II, 20x10 |
|Front tires: BFGoodrich 255/45R18 |
|Rear tires: BFGoodrich 295/45R20 |
|Gas tank: custom |
|DRIVETRAIN ||Engine: GM 454, 4-bolt main |
|Heads: Edelbrock Performer |
|Cam: Comp Cams Extreme hydraulic roller |
|Valve covers: PML Inc. |
|Manifold / Induction: Edelbrock Air Gap / Holley 4781 850-cfm |
|Ignition: MSD |
|Headers: Hooker Super Comp 2” |
|Exhaust / Mufflers: custom 2 1/2” / Flowmaster Delta Flow |
|Accessories: Billet Specialties Tru-Trac serpentine system |
|Transmission: 700-R4 |
|Modifications: B&M HoleShot converter |
|BODY ||Style: C-10 |
|Fenders front / rear: stock |
|Hood: Goodmark cowl-induction |
|Grille: stock |
|Bed: steel, Woodall Industries |
|Bodywork and paint by: Rollo’s Auto Restoration, Bowling Green, KY |
|Paint type / Color: PPG / black |
|Headlights / Taillights: stock |
|Bumpers: chrome, Woodall Ind. |
|INTERIOR ||Gauges: Classic Instruments |
|Air conditioning: Vintage Air |
|Steering wheel: Corvette |
|Steering column: GM tilt |
|Seats: Ford Galaxy |
|Upholstery by: DJ’s Upholstery, Bowling Green, KY |
|Material / Color: RAVE / Flame Red |
|Carpet: red, Dakota Weave |
|Stereo: Alpine by Poston Electronics |